Conciliation is essentially non-confidential mediation and can result in information being shared with the court at the end of the process. As in mediation, conciliation involves working with a neutral expert in conflict resolution; the goal is for participants to find mutually agreeable resolution of the issues confronting them. The majority of parties who participate in conciliation are able to reach agreements. A court order can/will specify the scope of the process. When parties reach an agreement, documents are prepared and the participants have a chance to review those, after which they are given to the court. When there are unresolved issues, information about the various perspectives on those issues is also given to the court. Depending upon the court order, the information shared may be a simple recap of the parties’ issues and positions, or more detailed, and possibly include recommendations.

Preperation For Conciliation

At Dispute Resolution Center, we begin by having participants complete intake forms, which are reviewed prior to meeting. This can assist you in narrowing down what is most important to you. The process of filling out these forms often helps give clarity on your case. The intake form gives us the information we need to design a process that fits for your unique situation. Our goal is to give you a process that works best for your unique situation. Depending on the type of case, there may be reason to schedule individual meetings with each party prior to meeting together. In some cases, it makes sense to begin with joint appointments.

We will then go over the process for your case with you, so you have a clear understanding of what happens if you reach agreements or if there are unresolved issues. Since this depends upon your specific court’s order, the process may vary from case to case. Our priority is for you to have no surprises about the process or what to expect from us.  

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Our mediation team provides guidance through conflict by helping you explore a variety of potential solutions for your unique situation. With years of experience, our team is dedicated to helping you realize your mediation goals. The mediation team at Dispute Resolution Center have several lifetimes of combined experience to aid our clients. There’s not much we haven’t seen, heard about, or helped people resolve. Having handled thousands of cases, we understand what matters to people and how to assist you in the best likelihood of reaching resolution.

Rarely can a client not get ahold of a mediator in our office if they need one. If your mediator is not available, our staff or another mediator can almost always get you an answer if you have a question. If you have a question or would like to schedule a consultation please contact the Dispute Resolution Center at 913.490.3689.